Mother’s Market & Kitchen at 413 Associated Road in Brea, California, will host a health fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. The event is free and open to the public.
A variety of vendors will be on hand demonstrating their products and passing out free samples, including supplements and body care. Mother’s also will provide samples from its Deli and Juice Bar, as well as Mother’s organic produce.
Additionally, there will be a drawing for Mother’s $25 gift cards and other giveaways.
Company forms new growth partnership
In other Mother’s Market news, the company has partnered with investment firm Mill Road Capital to boost growth.
Mill Road says it is committed to partnering with socially-conscious and environmentally sustainable businesses. Over the last decade, it has partnered with PRT Growing Services, which has planted three billion trees in the fight against greenhouse gases and global warming; Galaxy Nutritional Foods, an innovator in healthful foods supporting vegan and vegetarian lifestyles; Rubio’s Restaurants, a champion of sustainable seafood practices and ocean clean-up efforts; and Gaiam Inc., a leading promoter of yoga, fitness and wellness.
Mother’s founder and leader, Bruce Macgurn, who died in November, was instrumental in the process of selecting a partner who would shepherd Mother’s into the future. He mentored a leadership team that will continue to lead Mother’s. Macgurn said before he passed away that he was excited about the prospect of more stores and the opportunities for employees and the healthy options for customers.
Mother’s helps raise $10K to build school in Togo, West Africa
In more Mother’s Market news, the company has raised $10,000, which will go toward the construction of Essovale Primary School in Togo, West Africa, in partnership with fair trade skincare company Alaffia.
Across West Africa, underfunding in education has translated into the creation of an unsafe school environment and long distances between students and their schools, which leads to poor attendance and high dropout rates.
Mother’s Market and Alaffia partnered out of the shared belief that all children should have access to the economic opportunities that education can present.
“As a company dedicated to supporting the communities it has been serving for 37 years, we were inspired by the opportunity to build a school in Togo, West Africa and make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children,” said Mo Payette, CEO of Mother’s Market. “With this new school, we hope to give these children the opportunity to receive a good education and the tools they need to build their dreams for the future.”
To raise funds, Mother’s began donating $1 out of the sale of every $5 travel-size Alaffia Everyday Coconut lotion sold in its seven retail stores beginning in May 2014. The lotion was specifically created for the Mother’s fundraiser by Alaffia, which invests in its communities through projects funded by the sales of its products.
Essovale Primary School in Essovale, a Fulani village, will provide hundreds of children with a clean and safe environment to learn and grow.
The previous overcrowded school building was made out of mud half-walls and a thatched roof. This exposed students to inclement weather and heat and created a distracting learning environment. As a result, two buildings were developed to facilitate the learning of all of Essovale’s children—one funded by Alaffia and a second by Mother’s Market. The buildings are built with brick walls and a metal roof, creating a safe and enjoyable learning experience.
“We are extremely grateful for your support and the funding Mother’s Market provided for this project, the benefits of your contributions will be felt for generations. Thank you for your commitment and patience,” said Shane Hart, director of communications and sales for Alaffia.